Amboise Côt is in vogue

Friday November 09 2018 by Vitisphere

Raimonds Tomsons, Europe’s Best Sommelier for 2017, was impressed by the quality of the Touraine Côts, especially those from Amboise.Raimonds Tomsons, Europe’s Best Sommelier for 2017, was impressed by the quality of the Touraine Côts, especially those from Amboise. - Photo credit : Ingrid Proust

Europe’s Best sommelier for 2017, Raimonds Tomsons has just discovered Touraine Côt, particularly those labelled Touraine-Amboise. “Until now, he was only familiar with Malbec from Argentina and Cahors. He was surprised by the high quality of our wines, their texture, their aromatic profile and their freshness”, said a delighted Xavier Frissant. The chairman of the Touraine-Amboise winegrowers’ association invited Raimonds Tomsons, a candidate for the title of the World’s Best Sommelier, to come and taste Touraine Côts after spending a few days in Cahors.

Single varietals

Like the Lot appellation, Touraine-Amboise has decided to focus on Malbec, known as Côt along the banks of the Loire. The grape variety has been known here since the Renaissance. But for many years Amboise winegrowers blended it with Gamay and Cabernet Franc. Now, Côt is starting to step into the limelight. After years of massal selection from local varieties and experiments with IFV, Touraine-Amboise growers have decided to produce only single varietal Côts. “The new version of our specifications should apply next year, making us the only French appellation to make single varietal Côts”, said Xavier Frissant.

The 100% Côts in Touraine-Amboise are already booming at production level and their selling prices are higher than the classic blended wines. “After our new specifications come into force, we will focus on securing the locality-specific Amboise appellation”, added Xavier Frissant. In June 2019, winegrowers will also organise a three-day event on Côt in Amboise, with producers from Cahors.

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